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6 years
ago

63 Ways to Pamper Yourself

Feeling harried? In this season of running around buying gifts for other people, we recommend taking a moment for yourself. Get an invigorating massage. Let someone else clean your house for a change. Or splurge on a special bottle of wine. Our story captures the best indulgences Chicago has to offer.

6 years
ago

124 Best Dishes

We scoured the city for the top offerings on Chicago’s world-class restaurant scene. From appetizer through dessert, from über haute pineapple rum soup to down-home juicy fried chicken, here’s your road map to the 124 yummiest dishes around.

7 years
ago

How Your High School Stacks Up

Chicago does a by-the-numbers evaluation of 233 public high schools in the six-county metro area, looking at school spending, as well as teacher experience, test scores, and other academic categories—including an exclusive appraisal of the relationship between money and test scores.

7 years
ago

 

How to Do Everything Better

Who couldn’t use a little good advice? We went directly to the experts and solicited their best tips on how to improve our lives in myriad ways, such as impressing wine-snob friends, winning arguments, fending off attacker, eating for long life, decluttering a desk, and working smarter than the average monkey.

7 years
ago

Best of Chicago 2007

In our exacting annual issue dedicated to ferreting out all good things worth knowing about, we present a guide to Chicago’s tastiest food; outstanding places to shop for clothing and the home; top-notch service providers; great neighborhood attractions; and, of course, sure-fire ways to have fun.

7 years
ago

The Food Lover’s Guide to Chicago

Our best attempt to catalog the city’s finest food and where to get it—from great butchers to a tiny Mexican cremería in Pilsen. As lists go, this one is not nearly comprehensive enough, but you won’t find a better place to start.

7 years
ago

South Loop Rising

After languishing for decades as a bleak landscape of warehouses and rail yards, Chicago’s South Loop is afire. Condo sales are booming, big-box stores are blossoming, and chic restaurants are laying out the welcome mat. Add the lakefront, the Museum Campus, and a rich history to the mix, and is it any wonder the South Loop is not just the city’s but the country’s hottest neighborhood?

7 years
ago

Best New Restaurants 2007

Meet this year’s crop of promising rookies. They run the gamut from high-voltage openings to hidden treasures. Whether glitzy or unassuming, all 21 spots have one thing in common—night in and night out, they’re the stars of the future.

7 years
ago

Chic Chicago

Our unabashedly subjective guide to the designers, stores, and goods that make the city shine

7 years
ago

Before They Were Famous

Before they hit it big in movies and music, books and business, sports and space, Chicago area high-school students such as Harrison Ford, Liz Phair, Hugh Hefner, and Lara Flynn Boyle were simply kids next door, some with gaudy talents already on display, others nowhere close to being voted most likely to succeed